28 April 2015, Lagos -The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Tuesday appealed to the Nigerin National petroleum Company (NNPC) to make use of its depots in other states to ease Apapa traffic gridlock.
Mr Tokunbo Korodo, Chairman, South-West chapter of the union, made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Lagos. Korodo observed that effective distribution of petroleum products through the use of depots outside Lagos would reduce traffic congestion within Apapa of gridlock.
Only three depots out over 18 depots in Apapa currently have petroleum products. The companies are Capital Oil and Gas, Ibeto Oil and Gas and Integrated Oil and Gas Tank farms. He said that the long queue being observed in Apapa could degenerate into scarcity of petroleum products if not urgently addressed
“Now that the major oil marketers are not loading products due to unpaid subsidy, the NNPC should quickly use other depots to decongest Apapa. “If all the tankers in the country come down to Apapa for supply, it will degenerate into scarcity of petroleum products.
“Most of our truck drivers spend more than four days before they could load, which is additional expenses on tank drivers. “The government should resolve the problem of major oil marketers before it results to petrol scarcity,” he said.